The storied history of an Iron Age dagger found in Dubai

A rare bronze dagger has gone on show at the Louvre Abu Dhabi . (Supplied)
Updated 15 October 2019

The storied history of an Iron Age dagger found in Dubai

DUBAI: A rare bronze dagger dating back almost 3,000 years has gone on show at the Louvre Abu Dhabi as part of the museum’s “Rulers and Warriors: The Age of Heroes” exhibit.

The sophisticated, slightly curved dagger is on loan from Dubai Municipality and was excavated from Saruq Al-Hadid in southern Dubai, widely viewed as one of the Arab world’s most significant Iron Age archaeological sites following its discovery in 2002.




The rare bronze dagger dates back almost 3,000 years. (Supplied) 

Archaeologists believe the dagger was an “object of prestige,” Noemi Dauce, the museum’s chief curator of archaeology, told Arab News.

“What we are trying to highlight is how weapons become attributes of power. Instead of creating a simple shape for the weapons — just a blade that would be enough to harm anybody — some of these weapons, like this dagger, would actually have rich decoration,” she said.




The Iron Age dagger shows at the Louvre Abu Dhabi as part of the museum’s “Rulers and Warriors: The Age of Heroes” exhibit.

Dauce points to the dagger’s remarkable handle, which is topped off with a design featuring an attacking lion — a telling detail that may indicate that the weapon’s owner was a ruler or military leader.

“In a lot of cultures and civilizations, the lion is, of course, a wild and ferocious animal and is very commonly associated with power.” she said.

The dagger is displayed in a glass case alongside ancient military artefacts from Iran, Greece and the Caucasus — an approach that aims to foster cross-cultural narratives in the museum.




Archaeologists believe the dagger was an “object of prestige.” (Supplied)

An axe blade from the mountains of Lorestan in Iran and a bronze sword with a decorated hilt that was found in France form part of the exhibition.

“The ambition of the Louvre Abu Dhabi is to be a universal museum,” Dauce said. “We try to highlight the long history of the UAE, but also the way it fits into the larger picture of humanity.”


Part-Jordanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi’s stepfather dies   

The celebrated designer has a well-established brand, Amina Muaddi, famous for its signature flared heels. (Getty)
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Part-Jordanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi’s stepfather dies   

DUBAI: Jordanian-Romanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi said Wednesday on Instagram that her stepfather has died. 

In a heart-felt message, captioning a cheerful picture of her childhood with him, she wrote: “You made the most noble choice: to be the father of a child that is not yours. I prayed to God that he’d take my tears and use them as fuel to give you more life.” 

“I will miss you forever daddy. My heart is shattered,” Muaddi, who celebrated her 34th birthday this week, added. 

The shoemaker, adored by celebrities, was born to a Jordanian father and a Romanian mother, said in an interview with Vogue Arabia magazine that her family moved to Amman a few weeks after she was born. 

Her parents split when she was six and she returned to Romania with her mother. 

“I wasn’t aware of what my mom did to help me as a child and it took me years to understand. The opportunities I have today are mostly because she took me out of Jordan. Not because it’s not a good place to live, but because my dad is very conservative and probably would not have liked for me to have a career,” she explained. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fast-forward to 2020, the celebrated designer has a well-established brand, famous for its signature flared heels, that has garnered a loyal checklist of famous fans, including Dua Lipa, Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin Bieber.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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